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Tar Sands/Oil Sands

Tar Sands/Oil SandsThe oil industry is hoping to shift the geopolitical center of global oil production to Canada’s boreal forests, home of vast deposits of oil sands, also called tar sands. Environmentalists and First Nations contend it’s a dirty, carbon- and water-intensive business, while proponents of development tout energy security benefits. We’re covering the battle here.
South Portland’s Clear Skies Ordinance may block pipeline plan, but industry vows political and legal fight and may have other options.
Environmentalists claimed victory last week when a small coastal town in Maine voted to block heavy...
Jul 28, 2014 | Read More
The Koch brothers built their first fortune on the particularly dirty form of oil mined in Alberta's tar sands, and they remain deeply invested there.
The libertarian conservative Koch brothers and the progressive liberal Tom Steyer are in a...
Jul 15, 2014 | Read More
Potentially potent lawsuit claiming Exxon violated pollution laws after its 2013 Mayflower oil pipeline spill survives dismissal attempts.
Federal and state attorneys who sued ExxonMobil Corp. over its Arkansas pipeline spill have won...
Jun 30, 2014 | Read More
Carl Weimer speaking at the Pipeline Safety Trust's 2012 annual conference.
'We’re really the only national group that focuses on pipeline safety. So how does Bambi stay alive in that environment?'
Fifteen years ago this month, gasoline from a burst pipeline spilled into a Bellingham, Wash. creek...
Jun 24, 2014 | Read More
Companies behind refining proposals are trying hard to avoid the mistakes Enbridge made on Northern Gateway pipeline—but an uphill fight awaits.
Despite last week's approval from the Canadian government, uncertainty still dogs Enbridge Inc.'s...
Jun 23, 2014 | Read More
Other states that have surging oil-by-rail traffic and pipelines carrying tar sands are expected to consider similar safety requirements.
Alarmed by a string of explosive and disastrous oil spills, two states recently passed laws aimed...
Jun 16, 2014 | Read More
'What gets everybody really suspicious is that you don't have access to watch it, which raises all kinds of issues about transparency.'
Federal pipeline regulators and ExxonMobil lawyers will spar Wednesday in Houston over a proposed $...
Jun 11, 2014 | Read More
Are dilbit spills more dangerous to people and the environment than leaks of conventional oil? For the first time the U.S. will study this question.
The federal government said Tuesday it will study a critical question in the battle over oil...
May 21, 2014 | Read More
New book published by ICN traces pipeline’s origins to earliest days of Bush-Cheney era, and shows how KXL has become a test for Obama’s climate legacy.
Editor's note: Today InsideClimate News is publishing a new e-book, Keystone and Beyond: Tar Sands...
May 8, 2014 | Read More
Email suggests TransCanada sought to sap the credibility of a former employee who accused the Keystone pipeline builder of lax safety.
A newly released internal e-mail from TransCanada Corp. is raising fresh questions about whether...
May 1, 2014 | Read More